The Hermit of Shooters Hill – An Interview with Steve Moore, Part 6

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Here’s the sixth part of my interview with the late Steve Moore, with more to follow. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th parts are already online, along with some explanation of how the interview came about. One note on the text, which is particularly relevant in this section, so worth repeating: As we went […]

Chris Ware is serializing “The Last Saturday” in The Guardian

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The Guardian is serializing a new Chris Ware comic, called The Last Saturday. If there was a contest to chose the most Chris Ware-like title for a new Chris Ware comic “The Last Saturday” would be near the top. According to the site: A brand new graphic novella by the award-winning cartoonist Chris Ware, tracing […]

Last Call: All messages go better with Star Trek “Capt. Kirk vs. the internet”

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Tom Tomorrow has done it again with a classic Trek-theme cartoon.

Last Call: Rocket and Groot make The New Yorker

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When I first saw the Rocket Raccoon and Groot toys at Toy Fair back in February—or maybe earlier when I first saw the Guardians of the Galaxy footage—I was pretty sure that they would become, to use a banned word, “iconic” but I had no idea they’d be embraced as part of the pop culture […]

Is the Clickhole Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon Illegal Child Porn?

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Clickhole, the Onion’s answer to Buzzfeed and Clickhole, has posted an audacious NSFW video parody, “If You Grew Up With ‘Calvin and Hobbes,’ You Need to Watch This Now.” Spoilers below for those of you who aren’t already in custody haven’t seen it yet:

Bill Watterson drew some new comic strips and you can see them at HeroesCon

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Last week there was some intrigue over whether some guest strips on Stephen Pastis’s Pearls Before Swine comic strip were actually drawn by Bill Watterson. Pastis teased that the answer would come on Saturday and it turned out…it was Watterson. In a blog post that has been viewed some 2 million times, Pastis revealed how […]

Rees/Kupperman comic on #yesallwomen deemed unfit to print at NYT

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Michael Kupperman and David Rees have been contributing a biweekly comic called “See Something, Say Something” to the New York Times editorial page, but this week it didn’t appear, for reasons explained by Kupperman: Some of you may have noticed that David Rees and I have been producing a comic for the New York Times […]

Wiley Miller wins THE Reuben and other Reuben Award winners

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The National Cartoonist Society gave out their annual awards this weekend. Non Sequitur’s Wiley Miller won The Reuben Award as presented to the outstanding cartoonist for the year. Miller reacted to the Washington Post: “At my age, I’ve been around long enough [to know] that this doesn’t mean I’m going to make more money or, […]

The NY Post drops its comics section—who noticed?

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Media watchdog Jim Romanesko was the first to catch that the New York Post had dropped its comics section. The section was wizened with age and neglect—only seven meagre strips—but evidently the Post dropped the page and hoped no one would notice. One who did was King Feature’s editor Brendan Burford: “It caught everyone by […]

2014 Reuben Award nominees are out

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The “Reuben Awards”, aka the divisional awards presented by the National Cartoonist Society to deserving creators in comic strips, illustrations, animation and even comics, have been announced. The MAIN Rueben nominees (given to a deserving cartoonist for a lifetime of work) were announced a few weeks ago, are: Wiley Miller (NonSequitur) Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before […]

Bill Watterson and Richard Thompson interviewed on the state of cartooning

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Yep you head me right. This weekend the Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum and LIbrary in Columbus Ohio will open two incredible shows, The Irresistible Force Meets The Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective and Exploring Calvin And Hobbes and in advance of the show Jenny Robb has interviewed Bill Watterson and Caitlin McGurk has interviewed […]

Bill Watterson creates poster art for STRIPPED

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While the odds are still low on him showing up to fulfill his duties as Grand Prix winner, Bill Watterson is slightly less reclusive of late than he has been for most of the 19 years since he quite Calvin and Hobbes. For instance he has drawn the poster for the film STRIPPED, a documentary about comic strip artists which also features an interview with Watterson. The piece is billed as Watterson’s first cartoon in 19 years (he’s shown a painting since then, a contribution to Project Cul-de-sac.)

Checker Books is back (?) with The Winsor McCay Project

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Back in the day Checker Books was a company that specialized in reprinting old comic strips and books, including a bunchy of Winsor McCay comics. Run by Mark Christopher Thompson, the company kind of faded away after a dispute with Diamond, although Thompson later teamed up with the relaunched Devil’s Due. Well, they’re back, sorta […]

RIP: Morrie Turner

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Morrie Turner, creator of Wee Pals, and the first African-American cartoonist with a nationally syndicated strip, passed away Saturday at the age of 90. He had been undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney ailments. Turner won the Milton Cainiff award in 2003 and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian award in 2012. Turner was inspired by Charles Schulz […]

Mark Trail in black fly shocker

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It all started when someone wrote to The Black Mountain News of North Carolina to point out a shocking misstatement in a recent Mark Trail comic strip: There was a very misleading cartoon in the Jan. 12 Citizen-Times. Mark Trail supposedly gives worthwhile advice about spending time in the great outdoors. This particular cartoon implied […]

Extremely rare Bill Watterson Interview: “I suspect comics will have less widespread cultural impact and make a lot less money.”

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  Comics very own JD Salinger*, Calvin & Hobbes artist Bill Watterson has been making very very tentative moves to emerge from his hobbit hole, helping out with some of the Richard Thompson benefits, and even, by one eyewitness account I heard, getting out of the house to see some comics exhibits. And now, the […]